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Jemima + Johnny
Jemima + Johnny

Jemima + Johnny 1966


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Jemima + Johnny 1966

30 mins United Kingdom Director. Lionel Ngakane

The friendship of a young white boy and a black girl reaches out across the generations in this uplifting mid-60s short, directed by South African-born actor and anti-Apartheid activist Lionel Ngakane. Against a background media narrative suggesting ever-worsening racial tensions, Jemima + Johnny offered a refreshingly optimistic take on black/white relations in a post-riots Notting Hill. Jemima + Johnny won its director an award at the 1966 Venice Film Festival, the first black British film to be so honoured.

When five-year-old white boy Johnny meets Jemima, fresh off the boat from Jamaica, he leads her on a wide-eyed tour of the local neighbourhood. But when the children recklessly make their den in a derelict house, their peril causes Johnny's father to question his racist views.

Directed by

Lionel Ngakane


Myrtle Robinson

Thomas Baptiste

Patrick Hatfield

Nicolette Robinson


Racism Afro-Caribbean community in Great Britain


Black British Filmmaking Black Britain on Film




United Kingdom



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